Asked Questions

Can GREENGirt be used with brick?

Yes, but there are a few details that need to be examined first. GREENGirt has not been designed to support the dead load of a brick system, so standard brick ledges and standard steel lintels are to be used. For attachment, fasteners should be installed along the centerline of the exterior flange of the girt or closer to the web, and the pintle location should also be installed along the centerline of the exterior flange or closer to the web.

RJ-711, Pos-I-Tie, and HVR-195VB brick ties have been approved for use, with the 90-degree angle toward the top of the exterior flange of the GREENGirt for RJ-711 and HVR-195VB. For other options, contact A2P Engineering for written approval. If additional structural capability is needed, use crosswise hat channels of sufficient capacity for brick tie attachment.

Can I use standard building cladding and still achieve superior thermal performance?

Yes. This level of thermal performance was once reserved for a select few products, but now you can use SMARTci on virtually any cladding you wish.

Do you have 3rd party testing and engineering?

All SMARTci testing is validated by a third party agency. Technical Evaluation Reports are available here. Contact your SMARTci sales representative for more information.

Does it have fire testing?

Yes. We have Class 1 fire ratings, ASTM E84 and NFPA 285 testing.

Does it take longer to install than other solutions?

No. SMARTci installs faster than traditional methods. GREENGirt’s insulation retention cleat eliminates inefficient and costly methods of through-fastening.

Does SMARTci offer design assistance?

Yes. You can find details, specs, and contact info here.

Does SMARTci utilize proven technology?

Yes. SMARTci has been field-tested via finite element analysis with ASTM and UL agencies. All components and materials in the SMARTci system have been vigorously tested and proven in the construction industry.

How do I purchase this system?

Give us a call. Tell us about your project, and we’ll help you find the solution that best fits your needs.

How does SMARTci continuous insulation compare against the competition?

With other options such as the Dow™ Knight Wall System (CI-System™), Cascadia Clip®, Outsulation® by Dryvit, and Centria’s MetalWrap™, we are confident that the SMARTci™ Continuous Insulation System provides the greatest and most significant benefits to minimize thermal bridging for the exterior wall envelope. With a price point that is favorable to your budget, it makes the perfect choice for your continuous insulation needs.

SMARTci™ is a trademark of Advanced Architectural Products. Dow™ is a trademark of the Dow Chemical Company. CI-System™ is a trademark of Knight Wall Systems. Cascadia Clip® is a registered trademark of Cascadia Windows Ltd. Outsulation™ is a trademark of Dryvit Systems, Inc. MetalWrap™ is a trademark of Centria
How is SMARTci different from other continuous insulation systems?
  1. It has zero thermal short fasteners.
  2. It creates zero cold spots for condensation.
  3. It is a universal attachment system for various claddings.
  4. It can be used over multiple surfaces — not just stud walls.
  5. It has fewer parts than other systems, allowing for quick installation.
  6. See the differences here. (WhySMARTci?)
Is it complicated?

No. The basic SMARTci system is very simple. It consists of three basic pieces: the girt and the insulation panel, and FRP splines.

Is it environmentally friendly?

Yes. SMARTci is a recyclable building life product that will help in LEED certification. It creates significant energy savings and reduced carbon emissions. GREENGirt uses naturally sourced bioresin and recycled glass materials. We have recently been awarded a Declare Label because of our commitment to sustainability.

Is SMARTci a package?

Yes. SMARTci a complete solution. It is shipped as a package, including Engineering (shop drawings, installation instructions, bill of materials), GREENGirts, GREENGirt inserts, and Insulation.

Other materials such as fasteners, Tyvek, insulation tape, sealants, etc. are available as needed. We have everything you need for a total continuous insulation solution.

Is SMARTci better than steel?

Yes. It is superior to steel structurally and thermally. GREENGirt is designed to provide the same loading capabilities of a Z girt of equivalent depth. Regular metal girts and through-fasteners create thermal bridging in the insulation system, but GREENGirt eliminates these. Furthermore GREENGirt is not susceptible to moisture, corrosion or electrochemical reactions.

Say, GREENGirt is pretty neat, can I install it anyway that I can imagine? Is it truly the “messiah” product?

GREENGirt is an awesome, high performing product when used properly in Factory Authorized applications and installation methods only. It will give you a high-performance cladding platform and insulation system, but it won’t vacuum your car up after work or get you a juice box.

What are the benefits of using SMARTci?

SMARTci can save millions of dollars on heating and cooling costs, depending on the building’s size and location. The cost recovery period can be between 2 and 10 years, depending on the application.

What is GREENGirt?

GREENGirt joins the building cladding and insulation to a building structure. It’s an insulated composite sub-framing component inside the SMARTci assembly.

What is SMARTci?

SMARTci is an innovative, complete insulation solution. Engineered as a continuous insulation system, SMARTci includes composite girt/attachment members (called GREENGirt), insulation, an engineered installation package, and optional accessories.

What kind of engineering support does SMARTci offer?

Every SMARTci package includes either an installation submittal package or custom configurations package. The installation submittal package includes basic layout, details and directions. The custom configurations package contains complete engineered drawings for elevation-specific layout and attachment connections.

What loads per square foot can SMARTci handle?

SMARTci is one of the strongest and most design friendly continuous insulation systems available. SMARTci can be configured to support dead loads over 100 pounds per square foot with wind loads over 100 pounds per square foot as well. Contact your SMARTci sales representative for further information.

What type of insulation can be used with SMARTci?

Polyisoyanurate, polystyrene, rigid insulations (ISO, XPS), semi-rigid insulation (mineral wool) and spray foam.

What type of substrates can be used with SMARTci?

Stud walls, masonry, and concrete.

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